Introduction to Grandma Marilyn
Within this article, I will try to show you who Grandma Marilyn aka Marilyn Southmayd really is. I hope you enjoy your journey through my lifestyle and entrepreneurship.
Can't Find Any Work
I am Either Under Qualified, Over Qualified, or Too Old
Since 1994, when I quit the Civil Service to move up to Illinois to be near my parents, I have had a hard time finding work. I was being told that I was either over qualified or under qualified.
I finally learned how to drive a semi-truck so that I could drive team with my husband. But, due to health problems, I was not able to continue this way of earning a living. There again, this caused problems of its own.
Since my viewpoints on this matter are so long, I will be breaking this up into different modules.
Too Old For The Job
Couldn't Acknowledge This Due to Discrimination
They never said it but a lot of the employers didn't hire me because I was too old (started when I was 45 years old). They wanted the little cuties in their office that would leave as soon as they got experience. Of course, they put it the other way around in that I would use them as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. WRONG! If anyone would have hired me for working in their office, I would have probably gone up the ranks within their company and retired there. But, they were getting so many applications from all ages that they had a right to pick and choose. Who was I to say that I was the most qualified for their job. If they had told me that I was too old, I would have been able to sue them for age discrimination.
How Old Do You Think Is Too Old
To Be Able To Get A Job?
Over Qualified For The Job
Then you have the managers that said I was over qualified. If I was over qualified, they felt that I would be taking off as soon as I found a job that I was qualified for. Again, they were wrong. I wanted an office job and if they had hired me, I would have been so full of gratitude that I would have retired there.
You Are OverQualified
For This Job
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As If I Couldn't Learn
Last but not least, you had the managers that felt I was unqualified. Now, that one they have me on. I checked the job descriptions before I sent in the resume for the job. Although, the one they used was that I was unqualified for office work since I had not done office work for over 2 years. Hmmmmm, does office work change that much? I had been working with Microsoft Office programs the whole time.
Do YOu Think That A Person That Has
Not Worked in An Office Job Is UnQualified?
No, I think they would retain the information enough to work in an office atmosphere.
Driving A Semi-Truck
Alternate To An Office Job
When I couldn't find any office jobs, I finally decided that since my husband was a truck driver that I would become one, too. We found a company that would train me and then allow him to finish the training. I drove with my husband for 9 years off and on. Finally, due to Arthritis and Diverticulitis, I had to get off the truck.
That left me at home with no job again and still not being able to get one. Oh, yes, this is when they decided that since I hadn't worked in an office for two years that I was no longer qualified to work in an office. I had used all of the Microsoft Office software to keep all the correspondence and records for the trucking business. Apparently, they decided that that didn't qualify as I was not working for someone in an office.
I took a temporary employment test and aced all of the computer tests that they could throw at me to include data entry. I had the highest scores this office had ever seen but their employers would not hire me because I hadn't worked in an officially labeled office in over 2 years. I don't get it.
Next Step Look On Internet
Grandma Marilyn's Online Shops
This is when I decided it was time to try to use the internet to earn some money. I built a website and didn't sell anything from that. I am currently trying to change the website to some other format that will hopefully draw customers.
I tried Etsy (had 3 stores: ready to sell jewelry, bead patterns, and other crafts) and sold 5 items in 7 years. I have now shut down this store as it was costing me too much to keep it open.
Then there were other venues like ecrater, zibbet, zazzle (8 print on demand shops: allthingstexan, crittersgalore, botanyplace, creativedoodles, grandmamarilyns, postagestampslane, vintageavenue, and northwoodsencounter) and others that I still have products in. So far these had not brought me much money. I have not given up on these though.
I loved beading and had been trying to sell my ready to wear jewelry online for a number of years with no success. I joined a team on Etsy that had challenges every so often and bought a bead pattern software to do some creations of it. Many people were trying to get me to sell some of my patterns but I didnt' have confidence in myself. Finally, they convinced me. I have been selling some of my patterns at Bead Patterns Boutique and The Bead Coop. I have been earning enough to pay for my supplies so that my husband no longer has to pay for them. I have plenty more patterns in my folders that I need to upload to each of these shops.
I now write for Squidoo and Wizzley. Not getting very much yet, but you never know. I love writing these articles. I am also have a blog that I post to.
Oh yes, one more venue I am selling in. I have written a cookbook called "Cooking for Two, Add Candles for A Romantic Meal" that I am selling on Amazon and CreateSpace. I hope to have more cookbooks and books to add to this list of items being sold at these venues.
Stop on by my shops to see what I have created over the last seven years.